Bold, brash and indomitable, the Impressionists broke from the shackles of the Academy without a backward glance. But who were the free spirits behind the movement that blithely jettisoned accepted notions of form, sending shockwaves through the art world – and heralding a new era of unbridled experimentation in the process?
This comprehensive yet refreshingly accessible guide charts the unstoppable rise of the movement – from the Barbizon School’s pre-Impressionist forays to its irrepressible pioneers’ struggle for recognition in the face of open contempt, rejection and the ever-present shadow of poverty.
Through their emblematic masterpieces, first-hand accounts and anecdotes, the volume delves into the single-minded artists’ individual aesthetic and creative journey, exploring their lasting legacy on the art world today. Far from a dull compendium of facts and figures, it weaves a captivating and tightly-crafted tale of emancipation.
Impressionism, the Movement that Transformed Western Art, by Véronique Bouruet Aubertot, list price £24.95, published by Flammarion
From France Today magazine